for me the answer is Oleg Petrov. You could argue he wasn't a fringe player, but I think he was, otherwise he would have staye din the league longer. The guy was all speed and all heart. Never shied away from the corners. If somehow we could have put Oleg Petrov into Chad Kilger's body we would have had one of the best players in the league.
Damn.... Christian Laflamme..... I can't believe this team was ever so bad that this guy was a top 6 D....
Man, those were some dark days.
I never get too mad at the players on the CH, I get disapointed but seldom mad, maybe on a team level, but not individual. When Laflamme was absymal game after game, got benched once, then said he was going to call his agent to discuss teh situation, I thought I was going to seek him out and kill him.
It seems like many have no idea what constitutes a fringe player. To me, it's someone that played at most 200 games in the NHL, was never assured of a spot in the starting lineup, and ended up being traded for a 5th round pick/future considerations/fringe prospect and/or retired/finished in the minors/Europe. So many of the players mentioned in this thread were solid NHLers for years
With that in mind, my favorite fringe Habs were Ed Ronan, Mario Roberge, and my favorite Habs backup ever: Pat Jablonski